SEEDS Networking Programs: UM-wide events and local focus groups

Networking is an efficient and cost-effective community-building program in which faculty experience near-immediate benefits: It is a crucial key to alleviating the isolation- and the many adverse consequences of isolation- that many UM scientists feel.


SEEDS Annual Dinner

 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2009 | 2008

2018

SEEDS Annual Networking Dinner took place on Tuesday, April 4, 2018.  This event, which hosted guests from all three campuses, began with a networking session in a gallery that exhibits SEEDS You Choose Leadership Awards. After a dinner buffet, Dr. Villy Kouraflou, Director of SEEDS, highlighted SEEDS accomplishments, leadership, and aspirations. President Julio Frenk gave the Keynote Address. The evening culminated with a SEEDS Interactive Skit presented by SEEDS Interactive Theatre Ensemble led Jennifer Burke.

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If you would like to be notified for all our future events please contact Ann Schopp, Manager, SEEDS Program, at a.schopp@miami.edu.


2017

SEEDS Annual Networking Dinner took place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  This event, which hosted guests from all three campuses, began with a networking session in a gallery that exhibits SEEDS You Choose Leadership Awards. After a dinner buffet, Kathryn Tosney, Director of SEEDS, highlighted SEEDS accomplishments, leadership, and aspirations. Isaac Prilleltensky, Dean, School of Education and Vice President for Institutional Culture, spoke about cultural transformation and its interface with existing programs like SEEDS. President Julio Frenk gave the Keynote Address. The evening culminated with a SEEDS Interactive Skit presented by SEEDS Interactive Theatre Ensemble led Jennifer Burke.

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Copyrights - Jenny Abreu Photography 2017


2016

SEEDS Annual Networking Dinner took place on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.  This event, which hosted guests from all three campuses, began with a networking session in a gallery that exhibits SEEDS You Choose Leadership Awards. After a dinner buffet, Kathryn Tosney, Director of SEEDS, highlighted SEEDS accomplishments, leadership, and aspirations. President Julio Frenk and Provost Tom LeBlanc gave formal talks. The evening culminated with a SEEDS Interactive Skit presented by SEEDS Interactive Theatre Ensemble led Jennifer Burke.

Copyrights - Jenny Abreu Photography 2016


2015

SEEDS Annual Networking Dinner with Provost Thomas LeBlanc

SEEDS Annual Networking Luncheon took place on Monday, April 6, 2015.  This event hosted guests from all three UM campuses and began with a You Choose Leader project exhibition followed by a dinner buffet.  Keynote speaker, Provost LeBlanc, congratulated the You Choose winners on their diverse projects to improve the climate of UM as well as discussed UM's ongoing Culture Transformation campaign to Build a Better U. He acknowledged the commitments of each school and program that have to build on SEEDS initiatives, such as RSMAS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; the Medical School's Mentoring and Grantsmanship program; the School of Engineering's Co-Mentoring program and the College of Arts & Sciences program to provide child care assistance for faculty traveling to conferences and its Career Support program for faculty at all levels.  Kathryn Tosney, the Director, highlighted SEEDS ongoing endeavors and future initiatives, which include workshops on mentoring, leadership, and implicit bias.  The evening culminated with a SEEDS Interactive Theatre Ensemble skit, entitled, "Under Advisement," presented by SEEDS Artistic Director, Jennifer Burke, and facilitated by Mark Mocahbee and Chris O'Connor. 


2014

SEEDS Annual Networking Luncheon with Provost Thomas LeBlanc

SEEDS Annual Networking Luncheon took place on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  This event, which host guests from all three UM campuses, began with a gallery of You Choose Leaders and their projects followed by a lunch buffet. We had brief keynote talks by Provost Tom LeBlanc and Dean Brian Blake.  SEEDS Director Kathryn Tosney highlighted SEEDS endeavors, including the Climate Survey and talk about future initiatives.  The afternoon culminated with a SEEDS Interactive Theatre Ensemble skit entitled, "Chemistry", presented by SEEDS Theatre Director, Jennifer Burke and facilitated by Mark Mocahbee.  This event was highlighted by the College of Arts & Science Communications Office.  

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2013

SEEDS  Annual Networking Dinner with the President
SEEDS Annual Networking Dinner with the President took place Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Newman Alumni Center's Ballroom. This event, which hosted guests from all three UM campuses, began with a networking reception followed by opening remarks by President Shalala and Dr. Kathryn Tosney, SEEDS Program Director. After dinner, we highlighted briefly SEEDS endeavors. The evening culminated with a SEEDS Interactive Theatre skit, presented by SEEDS Theatre Director, Jennifer Burke, and Jeffrey Steiger, SEEDS Interactive Theatre Consultant and creator of Interactive Theatre. 

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2009

Annual Networking event, 2009

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SEEDS UM-wide networking dinner on October 19th, 2009, hosted 120 people from all three UM campuses. The event began with a networking and dinner session during which television monitors profiled SEEDS people and events and participants interacted with people they knew, and people they didn't know. The keynote address byPresident Donna Shalala described the importance of diversity programs nationwide and her strong support for SEEDS activities at UM. SEEDS endeavors were briefly highlighted by speakers: SEEDS Director Kathryn Tosney, SEEDS You Choose Award Winners Tulay Koru-Sengul, Lisa Beal, Eunji Lim, Acquittal Zuidema, and (represented by Mary Lou King) Joy Lincoln as well as Speed Mentoring participants, Claudia Rodrigues, Angela Knapp, and Marilyn Brandtan. The program included an audience perception survey that used "student response units" to anonymously gather people's perceptions of UM's climate. 

The evening culminated with the inaugural SEEDS Interactive Theatre skit, The Mid-Term Review for Tenure, presented by SEEDS Theatre Director Jennifer Burke, stage manager Christine D'Amore, facilitator David Wilson and the SEEDS Repertory Players Janet Allard, Maha McCain, Marc Mocohbe, Glenn Patron, Lee Soroko and Jennifer Vellenga. 


2008

Lunch with President Shalala November 18, 2008 

This event attracted one hundred and ten people, predominantly women in science, math, and engineering, but also women in other fields. Women came from Anthropology, Biology, Education, English, Mathematics, Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Cell Pharmacology, Epidemiology, the Eye Institute, The Human Genome initiative, Medicine, Microbiology, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Surgery, Diabetes Center, Trauma Center, Urology, Marine Biology and Fisheries, and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Deans Pascal Goldschmidt, James Tien, and Michael Halleran, as well as Provost Leblanc, joined in the discussion of issues.

Women talked with one another, ate an excellent lunch and then listened to the SEEDS Director Kathryn Tosneytalk about the need across UM for interactions, programs and an office to assure the career support of all our constituency, particularly women and minorities. She thanked Provost LeBlanc for funding the SEEDS office to fill this role, and the Science Deans and the President for their strong support of the SEEDS office and the NSF ADVANCE for Women in Science grant.

The main event was a talk by President Shalala, who emphasized the need for support and recruitment of women and minorities to assure American success. She talked about diversity at UM, saying that our baseline for women and minorities is as low as it is elsewhere, but that efforts like SEEDS, supported by strong leadership, will make a crucial difference. As an example, she cited Dean Tien, who doubled the number of faculty women in Engineering: from four to eight, in one year! She had intended to visit each table after her talk but had to leave for an emergency meeting in Boca. We all thank President Shalala for her extraordinary leadership.

Event photographs, taken by UM photographer Robert Jones

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